Poland pushes for Serbia's EU accession

Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz met with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dačić in Belgrad. Photo: MSZ/Tymon Markowski

“We want to support Serbia’s aspirations to become a EU member,” said Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz after the meeting with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dačić.

In Belgrad, both FMs inaugurated the second edition of the Balkan Conference, the aim of which is to share with Serbia the pre-accession experience that might aid it to meet the EU membership requirements.

“We admire Serbian government’s intensive reformatorial efforts. Poland offers Serbia indispensable help on the road to the EU via multilateral fora like V4+, parliamentary sessions and partnership projects,” said the Polish FM, adding that Poland “focuses on sharing its pre-accession know-how and its best praxis.”

Both FMs have agreed that the European integration prospects of the Balkans is the only way to ensure them with security and stable development. The discussion revolved also around the incoming Berlin Process - a diplomatic initiative linked to the future enlargement of the European Union with the Balkan states. The summit will take place in London in July.

This is by far not the only visit of the Polish FM to the Balkan states. In May 2018, Mr Czaputowicz visited Albania encouraging the Albanian government that along with EU membership participation in profitable projects such as the Three Seas Initiative becomes possible.

“Poland lends a helping hand to the Western Balkans, because we know that along with their accession to the EU the whole Europe will accrue a lot of benefit,” said Mr Czaputowicz in Belgrad, adding that “the European project will only be concluded when it will welcome all countries of the continent harboring common values.”

Serbia officially applied for European Union membership in December 2009 and the European Commission recommended making it an official candidate in October 2011. In March 2012 Belgrade received a full candidate status.